Speech-language pathology

Welia Health’s speech-language pathologists assess, diagnose, treat, and help prevent communication and swallowing disorders in patients who are suffering from a stroke, brain injury, hearing loss, developmental delay, cleft palate, or other disorders. As part of Welia’s team approach, our speech-language pathologists work closely with your primary care providers, audiologists, dietitians, social workers, and other rehabilitative therapists.

Speech-language pathology services can help with the following deficits/disorders:

  • Cognitive aspects (attention, memory, problem solving)
    Concentrated areas include organization skills, planning skills, insight, judgment, immediate recall, spaced retrieval techniques, money management, and sequencing
  • Speech (articulation, fluency)
    Concentrated areas include speech intelligibility, dysarthria, stuttering treatment and strategies, and articulation (difficulty with specific sounds)
  • Language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, social language)
    Concentrated areas include auditory comprehension, language expression, reading comprehension, written expression, age-specific pragmatic language and social skills, aphasia
  • Swallowing (exercises and compensatory strategies to reduce risk of aspiration/penetration)
    Concentrated areas include training in feeding and swallowing techniques, proper body positioning, feeding techniques for self-help, safe food and liquid consistencies, safe-swallowing strategies, oral sensitivity training, vital stimulation certification
  • Voice (hoarseness, poor volume, abnormal vocal quality)
    Concentrated areas include vocal quality, vocal hygiene behaviors, loudness/pitch, vocal cord damage
  • Sensory awareness (related to communication and swallowing)

Our speech-language pathologists are certified in the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment, also referred to as LSVT LOUD. LSVT LOUD improves vocal loudness by stimulating the muscles of the voice box (larynx) and speech mechanism through a systematic hierarchy of exercises. Focused on a single goal which is to “speak LOUD!” The treatment improves respiratory, laryngeal and articulatory function to maximize speech intelligibility

Speech-language pathology services available in Mora, Hinckley and Pine City. To learn more, call Rehabilitation Services at 320.225.3356. A referral may be required for speech-language pathology services, please check with your primary care provider and your insurance carrier.

Welia Health’s rehabilitation team offers a wide range services from sports medicine and athletic training, physical and occupational therapy, specialty care for cardiovascular and respiratory patients, pediatric therapy, hand therapy, speech-language pathology, wound care, and sleep medicine.